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Murder jury hears from ex-girlfriend

A jury's heard evidence from an ex-girlfriend of a man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death at a horse sanctuary in Pitsea.

The teenager, who can't be named for legal reasons, told the jury over a video link that she had started a relationship with Jordan Taylor in 2013 on Facebook. She described him a gentleman who was "caring and considerate." But she said that after August 2014 he became "controlling, possessive and jealous" towards her.

Jordan Taylor Credit: Picture: Facebook

She told the jury Taylor would give her specific times to be home after she was out with friends, despite them living hours apart, and would criticise what she wore. She added that he didn't like her having male friends.

Laura Davies Credit: Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society

Jordan is accused of murdering his girlfriend Laura Davies last July. She had 80 stab wounds. He denies murder and is expected to give evidence later.

Man found dead in stairwell identified

The body of Mr Singh was found in a stairwell. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A man who was found dead in a stairwell in Essex, just before the New Year has been identified.

Sirjeet Singh’s body was found at Appleford Court in Pitsea on Wednesday, December 30.

Two men - a 50-year-old and 37-year-old - who were questioned on suspicion of manslaughter have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

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Pitsea stairwell death now being treated as manslaughter, police confirm

The man was found dead in Pitsea. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The death of a man in Pitsea yesterday is now being treated as manslaughter, police have confirmed.

Officers were called to Appleford Court shortly after midnight on Wednesday (December 30) following reports of a disturbance.

A member of the public discovered the victim in a communal stairwell. He was declared dead at the scene.

Police initially launched a murder investigation, but following a post-mortem, have now changed it to manslaughter.

A 50-year-old man from Basildon who was arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody, but is now under arrest for manslaughter instead.

A second man, a 37-year-old man from the Basildon area, was arrested last night (December 30) on suspicion of manslaughter and is currently in custody awaiting questioning.

The victim has yet to be formally identified but is believed to be aged in his 30s.

"At this stage we are not looking for anyone else and we believe the victim and those in custody knew each other.

I would like to thank the public for their support and information provided to this investigation.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett

Murder investigation launched after man found dead in Pitsea stairwell

The man was found dead in Pitsea. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after another man was found dead in a stairwell in Pitsea.

Officers were called to Appleford Court shortly after midnight following reports of a disturbance.

A member of the public discovered the victim in a communal stairwell. He was declared dead at the scene.

A man from Basildon was arrested in Rectory Road later.

He was initially detained on suspicion of assault before being further arrested on suspicion of murder.

The victim hasn't formally been identified yet, but he's believed to be in his mid 20s to mid 30s.

Officers are also looking for a second man who is reported to have left the scene.

He is described as white, 5ft 5in tall, in his mid 30s with short dark hair.

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Teenager robbed on his way to school

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager has been robbed on his way to school in Essex.

The victim, a 15-year-old boy, was walking along Broadmayne in Basildon, going towards the town centre to get to Woodlands School at 7.30 am on Wednesday 4th November. When he got near to Church Road he was barged into by a man who then threatened the victim. The teenager offered him some cash and the suspect ran off.

"This incident left the victim extremely shaken up. It happened on a main road which is particularly busy at this time of the day with people going to work. Somebody may have seen something and I would like them to get in touch with me if they have any information.”

– Investigating officer, Pc Jack Mabbett, of Basildon CID

The suspect is described as a white man, aged between 18 and 20, around 6ft tall and was wearing a grey hooded top with a black scarf over his mouth and blue jeans.

Police seize £1.6m of cannabis found in a lorry load of tea

Essex Police have seized cannabis with a street value of £1.6 million after it was found in a lorry load of tea.

The 200 kg consignment of herbal cannabis was discovered in Josselin Road in Basildon in the early hours of 2 November.

Police inquiries found that the rest of the tea consignment was in a distribution centre and officers recovered another 150kg of cannabis.

Police have seized cannabis with a street value of £1.6 million in Essex. Credit: Essex Police

"A significant haul of cannabis has been taken off the streets. We are continuing our enquiries into where the drugs came from and where they were destined for.

"We are also still looking for the other two men seen acting suspiciously in Josselin Road on 2 November.”

– Det Sgt Mike Wilkinson, Basildon CID

A 48-year-old man of no fixed address was charged with theft from a motor vehicle. He admitted the charges and was sentenced at Basildon Magistrates’ Court to three months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

Police also arrested two men, one aged in his 40s from Bulgaria and another aged in his 60s from Lithuania, on suspicion of importing drugs. They have been released on police bail until February, pending further enquiries.

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